They Knew It Was Coming and Did Nothing

Unbelievable. Amb. Chris Stevens warns of the growing threat in Benghazi, names the threat, and requests more security in August, and is left hanging. I’m thinking Newt Gingrich’s source is right.

Only FOX News is investigating and covering this…

The U.S. Mission in Benghazi convened an “emergency meeting” less than a month before the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, because Al Qaeda had training camps in Benghazi and the consulate could not defend against a “coordinated attack,” according to a classified cable reviewed by Fox News.

Summarizing an Aug. 15 emergency meeting convened by the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Aug. 16 cable marked “SECRET” said that the State Department’s senior security officer, also known as the RSO, did not believe the consulate could be protected.

“RSO (Regional Security Officer) expressed concerns with the ability to defend Post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound,” the cable said.

According to a review of the cable addressed to the Office of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Emergency Action Committee was also briefed “on the location of approximately ten Islamist militias and AQ training camps within Benghazi … these groups ran the spectrum from Islamist militias, such as the QRF Brigade and Ansar al-Sharia, to ‘Takfirist thugs.’” Each U.S. mission has a so-called Emergency Action Committee that is responsible for security measures and emergency planning.

The details in the cable seemed to foreshadow the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. compound, which was a coordinated, commando-style assault using direct and indirect fire. Al Qaeda in North Africa and Ansar al-Sharia, both mentioned in the cable, have since been implicated in the consulate attack.

In addition to describing the security situation in Benghazi as “trending negatively,” the cable said explicitly that the mission would ask for more help. “In light of the uncertain security environment, US Mission Benghazi will submit specific requests to US Embassy Tripoli for additional physical security upgrades and staffing needs by separate cover.”

As for specific threats against the U.S., the cable warned the intelligence was not clear on the issue, cautioning that the militias in Benghazi were not concerned with any significant retaliation from the Libyan government, which had apparently lost control in Benghazi…

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For all the lack of MSM interest and/or coverage of the Benghazi FUBAR, the American people still have some understanding of some of it and its severity. Imagine if all the news networks were doing their job(s)…

As President Barack Obama makes his closing arguments before the election, less than half of likely voters approve of the job he’s doing on the top issues facing the country. In addition, more voters than not think the administration’s policies toward Egypt and Libya have failed.

Forty-five percent of voters say the Obama administration’s policies toward Egypt and Libya have “mostly failed,” while 39 percent say they have “mostly succeeded.”

Likewise, 39 percent approve of the job Obama is doing on Libya. Forty-seven percent of voters disapprove.

That’s according to a Fox News poll of likely voters released Wednesday.

Voters are divided over how the Obama administration handled the September 11, 2012 attack on diplomatic facilities in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans: 44 percent of voters think the administration tried to mislead Americans about what happened there, while 47 percent disagree.

Eight in 10 Republicans think the White House tried to mislead the public. That’s more than seven times as many as the 11 percent of Democrats who feel that way.

By a 49-42 percent margin independents say the administration tried to mislead Americans.

A 55-percent majority of voters thinks the Obama administration has been “too soft” on radical Muslim terrorists. That’s more than twice as many as say “about right” (26 percent). Few — 4 percent — say the administration has been “too tough.”

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3 thoughts on “They Knew It Was Coming and Did Nothing”

  1. I don’t like incompetence. I don’t like cowardice. And I will not stand for being lied to.

    The last time a President went on national TV and straight-up lied to my face, I fired his ass too.

  2. How can any major American media outfit possibly justify the deliberate and obviously partisan “hands off” treatment or evasion of this clearly major story? The answer is it cannot be justified, but the usual suspects are simply hoping they’ll get a pass from enough people so that justification will be moot. In other words, this has nothing to do with truth or doing the right thing; it’s simply pursuing and protecting a leftist/liberal agenda as much and as far as the market will bear. Ergo, if the market, meaning the public, does not respond negatively enough, the usual suspects will go on with business as usual. Obviously, all sense of dignity and self-respect based on what are supposed to be journalistic principles has been lost or discarded. As a matter of fact, these people are journalists in name only; what they actually are is political operatives or propagandists. Calling it contemptible is an understatement.

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